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Outrage: The Rise of Religious Offence in Contemporary South Asia
edited by Paul Rollier, Kathinka Frøystad and Arild Engelsen Ruud
University College London, 2019
Cloth: 978-1-78735-529-3 | Paper: 978-1-78735-528-6
Library of Congress Classification BL65.B54
Dewey Decimal Classification 205.6950954

Whether spurred by religious images or history books, hardly a day goes by in South Asia without an accusation of blasphemy. What accounts for the sharp rise in religious offense, and why it is observable across religious and political differences?   

An interdisciplinary study of this trend, Outrage brings together researchers in anthropology, religious studies, and South Asian studies with rich experience in the varied ways religion and politics intersect in this region. Each chapter focuses on a recent case of alleged blasphemy or desecration in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar, unpacking the religious sensitivities and political concerns. Collectively, the chapters explore common denominators across national and religious differences, such as the introduction of social media and smartphones, the possible political gains of initiating blasphemy accusations, and the growing self-assertion of marginal communities.

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